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Parental controls for your child’s devices

Parental controls on smartphones and tablets can block access to websites containing adult content

Mobile phone companies can filter content rated 18+ at the network level – check with your mobile provider whether this filter is on or off.

The UK’s main mobile providers (e.g. Vodafone, EE, O2 and Three) automatically block 18+ rated content through the Active Choice network-level filtering system.

But remember, these filters only work when the device is connected via the mobile network, not Wi-Fi.

Your mobile’s operating system may also include safety features and you can set restrictions on the App Store and Google Play(see below).

Android (eg LG, Sony, Samsung, Huawei, HTC, Motorola)

The restricted user feature lets you manage which apps, games and other content your child can access and gives you the choice of disabling certain features, such as location and camera.

To find out more:

iOS (eg iPhone and iPad)

You can enable restrictions on your child’s iPhone or iPad and select on or off for features such as FaceTime, in-app purchases and Safari.

To find out more:

Windows Phone (eg Microsoft Lumia)

The My Family option helps you to manage the apps and games your child is able to download to their phone. You can also set up Kid’s Corner on your own Windows Phone so that, if your child borrows it, they can only access age-appropriate content and not get to the rest of your stuff that you want to keep private.

To find out more:

To set up Kid’s Corner:

App store restrictions

You can set up parental controls on the App Store (see and Google Play (see to prevent your child downloading apps that are age inappropriate.

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